Posted Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

WWII veterans residing at Morris View Healthcare Center will be honored Sunday, Aug. 12 as part of a nationwide “Spirit of ‘45”celebration.

Congress in 2010 unanimously agreed that a national “Spirit of ’45 Day” be observed on the second Sunday in August each year to coincide with the anniversary of August 14, 1945, the day President Harry Truman announced the end of World War II.

The event at Morris View is being sponsored by VITAS Innovative Hospice Care in cooperation with the Morris County Department of Human Services and the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Morris County Freeholder John Murphy said Morris View is proud to be part of the “Spirit of ’45” campaign to call attention to the courage, shared sacrifice and “can do” attitude of the men and women of the WWII generation.

He said all veterans who reside at Morris View will be honored Aug. 12, but the WWII veterans who will receive special recognition are John Vialard, formerly of Denville; Philip Timmins, formerly of Madison and Randolph; Elsie Jacobus, formerly of Denville; Kathryn Langley, formerly of Randolph; Louis DeFranzo, formerly of Madison; Clarice Bobin, formerly of Morristown; and Conrad Dahlquist, formerly of Neshanic Station.

The veterans will be treated to refreshments and entertainment and each will receive a certificate saluting them for their service.

The “Spirit of ‘45”celebration will take place at 2 p.m. in the Atrium of Morris View Healthcare Center, 540 West Hanover Ave., in Morris Township.